How to Use Microsoft Word to Put an Accent on an E

By Danielle Cort

Although your paper may be written in English, you may need to include a foreign word. Languages such as French use an accented "e" in many words. Adding the appropriate accent to a letter makes the word more accurate and gives your text more polish. Microsoft Word offers you the ability to add virtually any accented character or symbol you may need without switching to a different language.

Step 1

Launch Word 2010. Open an existing document or begin typing in the new document that opens when you open Word.

Step 2

Place your cursor where you want to insert the character. Click the "Insert" tab on the ribbon.

Step 3

Select "Symbol" from the Symbols group and click "More Symbols." The Symbols menu should be open. Make sure the Font drop-down box shows "(normal text)." If it does not, select it.

Step 4

Scroll through the symbols until you see the "E" or "e" with the particular accent you want to use.

Step 5

Click the symbol, then click "Insert." Click "Close."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you anticipate using the accented "e" often, use a keyboard shortcut to insert it in the future. When you select a symbol from the chart, look at the bottom of the screen for the relevant shortcut keys. For example, press Ctrl+' followed by the "e" to get an "é." Use Ctrl+` followed by an "e" to get an "è."